So many nations have come to expect a global order based on shared values, often under US leadership, that President-elect Trump may be indicating flexibility on his ‘America First’ stance. Just look at two of his top foreign-policy appointments.
From #GivingTuesday to ‘giving circles,’ the forms of generosity are changing as young people seek closer bonds to the people and the causes that receive their time and money. They deserve thanks during this giving season.
To reconcile a nation torn by a brutal past, victims of past oppression in Tunisia are allowed to air their experiences in hopes their repressors will repent. A ‘truth’ commission aims to prevent cycles of revenge, setting a model for the Middle East.
The latest data again confirms a steady decline in homelessness, a result of local and federal efforts under both Obama and Bush. The key has been housing for the homeless and volunteers who form trusting bonds.
To bind the nation, Democrats and Republicans must quickly agree to solve a common problem: rebuilding the nation’s roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. It would be an easy win-win, setting a healing tone.
To heal the election’s bitter aftermath, Trump asked for ‘guidance’ from his opponents. If he follows through, he could learn from state and local leaders who often practice the qualities needed for bipartisanship.
As the conflict escalates in Aleppo and Raqqa, many Syrians are preparing for peace by rekindling the country’s legacy as the place that first gave evidence of divine worship and the idea that diverse people can live together.
The Central American country, once a major haven for tax evaders, has quickly joined the global campaign for transparency between countries in declaring foreign assets. It deserves more gratitude for a swift change of heart.
South Africa, Gambia, and Burundi plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court. While disappointing, their move cannot end the steady progress to establish universal ideals and norms of justice.